Time to Forgive Susan G. Komen for the Cure

It screwed up on Planned Parenthood, but deserves second shot: Blogger
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2012 1:56 PM CDT
Nancy Brinker, founding chair of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in a 2009 file photo.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

(Newser) – The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation is by all accounts still reeling from the backlash over its bid to cut Planned Parenthood funding. And while the breast cancer charity deserved all the scorn it got, writes Amy Tennery at the JaneDough blog, it might just be time for a little forgiveness. The main reason? "You've actually done some pretty spectacular things for women's health."

Komen's ubiquitous pink ribbon has raised awareness in such a way that the term "'brilliant marketing' doesn't even begin to cover it," and founder Nancy Brinker has used her connections over the years to engineer an astonishing turnaround in public funding. "I can’t look at the last 30 years of progress in breast cancer awareness, research and support and not credit you with a huge bulk of that," writes Tennery. The group seems sincere about making amends, and the exec who led the failed fight on Planned Parenthood is gone. "Let's try this again." Read the full post here.

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